tibet-tour-discounts tibettour-wechat1
Get Tour Quote

15 Days Gama Valley Trek in Mt. Everest Eastern Side

Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Gama Valley Trek - Shigatse - Lhasa

Trip Overview:

Embark on an epic 15-day adventure through the stunning landscapes of the Mt. Everest Eastern Side on this Gama Valley Trek. The Gama Valley, known as the most beautiful valley in the world, offers stunning landscapes, crystal-clear rivers, and alpine meadows.

Starting in Lhasa, the journey will take you through Yamdrok Lake and Shigatse before starting the trek. Along the way, you will marvel at the majestic Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu, and catch glimpses of the little-known Mt. Chomo Lonzo. The route also takes you through picturesque villages like Lhundupling, offering glimpses into the local Tibetan culture. This adventure is perfect for those seeking a challenging and unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

  • Tour Code: TTT008

  • Trip Level : Moderate to Strenuousi


    Can I join this tour?

    • The Gama Valley Trek Tour is suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking. Given that the trek covers 8 days along the eastern side of Mount Everest, ascending to an average altitude exceeding 4500 meters, it's recommended to consult a professional doctor before your departure, to ensure your health and safety.
  • Tour Type: Small Group (Max 12) i


    Our Small Group Tour Features

    • Guaranteed Departures: With our fixed tour dates, we guarantee every departure.
    • Flexible Scheduling: Should you not find a suitable travel date, worry not. Share your preferred timing, and we'll tailor a personalized itinerary, inviting fellow travelers to join.
    • Non-shopping Journey: Enjoy a commerce-free expedition with us. Our commitment to top-notch tours ensures an authentic and immersive exploration of Tibet.
  • Time to Visit : April to Octoberi


    Time to Visit Guide:

    • The best time to go trekking in Gama Valley are from April to June and then from September to October. That's when the weather's just right, giving you clear views of Mt. Everest and the nearby mountains.
    • Plus, in May and June, the place lights up with colorful orchids in full bloom, making the scenery even more beautiful.


  • Trek in one of "the most beautiful valleys in the world" - Gama Valley.

  • Trek to the Eastern Slope of Mt. Everest Base Camp, a challenging yet rewarding journey that allows you to gaze at Mt. Chomo Lonzo and marvelous glaciers.

  • Fully explore the sunlight city Lhasa with its well-known Potala Palace and holy Jokhang Temple.

  • Marvel at the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes.

  • Have a deep discovery of the two important cities of Tsang, Gyantse and Shigatse, climb the dazzling Gyantse Kumbum, and worship before a 26m gold Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Photos & Videos


Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa, Get the First Impression of Tibet

Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, our Tibetan guide will greet you at the airport or train station and present you with a Hada (the traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf) to wish you good luck!

You'll then be transferred to your hotel in downtown Lhasa by the guide and driver. Along the way, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lhasa River, and the typical Tibetan villages.

After arriving at the hotel, take some time to rest and acclimate to the high altitude. It's helpful to take it easy for the first few days and remember to stay hydrated by drinking water.

Later in the afternoon or evening, your guide will welcome you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel guidance, and introduce you to the other members of your group.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Warm Tips:
If you require any assistance or have specific needs, please don't hesitate to visit our service center located at Gangjian Hotel.


Overnight in Lhasa

Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street (B)

After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to visit the magnificent Potala Palace, where you'll stand atop its heights and gaze down upon the city of Lhasa. Your guide will narrate the life and tales of the successive Dalai Lamas within the Potala Palace and meticulously introduce the various halls and treasures housed within its walls.

Once you've explored the grandeur of the Potala Palace, your next stop will be Longwangtan Park nestled at its base. This tranquil spot offers a unique vantage point to admire the majestic Potala Palace and partake in traditional Tibetan cultural experiences.

In the afternoon, you'll head to the sacred Jokhang Temple—the heart of Tibetan faith and life. Within the temple resides the rare and revered 12-year-old statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, an image so lifelike that it resembles seeing the Buddha in person. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can take a clockwise kora, witnessing how local Tibetans practice their Buddhist beliefs.

Following this, your guide will take you to the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea house in Lhasa, where you can enjoy Tibetan sweet tea with locals. Your guide will join everyone, sharing insights into the social relations and daily leisure life of Tibetans.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.


Overnight in Lhasa



Day 3: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)

After exploring Lhasa, you'll travel overland to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city. Along the way, immerse yourself in Tibet's splendid scenery and discover the leisurely lives of local villagers.

The first stop will be at Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. This stunning lake unveils its beauty from the Gambala Mountain Pass (4790m), curving like a blue ribbon, while the towering Mt. Noijin Kangsang (7191m) can be seen in the distance. As you descend to the lakeshore, explore various viewpoints offering intimate encounters with the lake's shoreline. Towards the lake's end, you'll have the opportunity to visit a welcoming local family in the village and have lunch with them.

Next, you'll pass by the Karola Glacier (5100m). Positioned right by the roadside, it resembles a serene maiden grooming herself while gazing from afar at the majestic snow-capped mountains.

Continuing your journey towards Gyantse, you'll make a stop at Simila Mountain Pass. Here, you can hang prayer flags, offering prayers for global peace and the well-being of your loved ones.

Upon arrival in Gyantse, seize the opportunity to capture memorable photos of the ancient city. En route from Gyantse to Shigatse, you will witness vast stretches of lush green barley fields (in summer) and golden fields (in autumn), alongside numerous farms.

Finally, upon reaching Shigatse and checking into the hotel, take a moment to relax and prepare for the upcoming trip to Mount Everest the following day.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.


Overnight in Shigatse


Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Shigatse - Tingri - Chutang - Youpa Village

On the fourth day of our journey, we will set out from Shigatse to Tingri via Lhatse in the morning. During our journey, we will stop at the famous Gawu La Pass (5198m) to admire breathtaking views of the top 5 highest peaks (all above 8000m) and the majestic Himalayas.

Later, we will continue on the winding road to Youpa Village where we will acclimatize to the new altitude and prepare for the upcoming trekking and yak registration.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Youpa Village.


Overnight in Youpa



Day 5: Trek Day 1: Youpa - Showo-tso Pond (10km)

We will wake up early, pack our trekking gears, and leave Youpa Village at around 11:00 am. As we ascend through steppes and rugged paths, we will enjoy the stunning scenery of fluffy clouds and blinding sunshine. The 10km trek will lead us to our first camping site near the enchanting Showo-tso pond. We will climb a total of 900m during the day trek.

Camping at Showo-tso lakeside.


Camping at Showo-tso lakeside

Day 6: Trek Day 2: Showo-tso - Showola Pass - Dolshang (Orchid valley)(14km)

Today we will leave the camping site at Showotso at 10:00 am and embark on a new challenge - to climb over the lofty Showo la pass and then descend to Dolshang valley via gushing brooks covered by vibrant unknown flowers and shrubs.

Doshang forms the initial parts of Gama Valley and picturesque brooks surrounded by amazing snow-capped mountains help to breed massive colorful orchid flowers. As we get down to the valley, we will be intoxicated by the alluring scent of orchid flowers. The stunning waterfalls, exuberant meadows, snowy peaks, etc. will make us feel like we've ventured into a fairyland.

Camping in Dolshang Valley.


Camping in Dolshang Valley

Day 7: Trek Day 3: Dolshang (Orchid valley) - Tsonang-tso - Xialong Pasture - Tangsung Viewing Platform (12km)

We will start trekking upwards from Dolshang in the morning, passing through the pristine forest. While climbing through the ridge of the mountain, we can look back and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Gama Valley. If we arrive at the right time, we can even capture the grandeur of Mt. Makalu (8,463m).

At around noon, we will reach Tsonang-tso lake, cuddled by snow-tipped mountains, and flowing through Gama Valley via an underground outlet. The crystal-clear water surface of Tsonang-tso reflects the spectacular symmetric image of the surrounding snowy summits. After lunch, we will need to pass another mountain pass to reach splendid Xialong Pasture, blanketed with colorful wildflowers. The final part of the trek will lead us to the camping site of Tangsung Viewing Platform.

Camping around Tangsung Viewing Platform.


Camping around Tangsung Viewing Platform

Day 8: Trek Day 4: Tangsung Viewing Platform - Badang-Ega - Paltang (11km)

As we descend down the zigzag trails towards the Ega prairie located in Badang, we witness the formation of a looming gorge and glaciers on our right side. The source of Gama Valley lies in the running water that we pass through. The final camping site of the day trek is Paltang, but we need to wade through rugged and gigantic rocks to reach there. Rest well and save energy for the challenging trek tomorrow.

Camping in Paltang.


Camping in Paltang.

Day 9: Trek Day 5: Paltang - Eastern Slope of Mt.Everest Base Camp - Paltang (18km)

Today's trek is challenging. We hike to the base camp located on the eastern slope of Mt. Everest, but the initial part of the trek involves a difficult upward walk amid huge rocks with a slope measuring 45 degrees. The slope provides a view of Mt. Chomo Lonzo (7804m) and marvelous glaciers along the eastern slope of Mt. Everest. If you prefer to rest instead of trekking to Eastern Slope of Mt. Everest Base Camp, you can enjoy the picturesque view around the camping site in Paltang.

Camping in Paltang.


Camping in Paltang

Day 10: Trek Day 6: Paltang - Ega - Tangsung Viewing Platform (14km)

Retrace the same route and trek back to Tangsung Viewing Platform.

Camping at Tangsung Viewing Platform.


Camping at Tangsung Viewing Platform

Day 11: Trek Day 7: Tangsung Viewing Platform - Tsosho - rim (11km)

Trek northward towards the campsite of Tsosho-rim below the majestic snow-feathered peaks, appreciating the epic vistas of Mt. Everest (8844.43m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), and an unclaimed peak (7000m).

Camping at Tsosho-rim.


Camping at Tsosho-rim

Day 12: Trek Day 8: Tsosho - rim - Nangma-la Pass - Lhundupling Village (21km)

Today, we climb over two soaring mountain passes - the Nangma-la pass (5344m), the highest pass of the entire trek, and another nameless one above 5000m. We pass deep-blue Latsetso Lake before reaching Lhundupling Village.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse of Lhundupling Village.


Overnight in Lhundupling

Day 13: Lhundupling Village - Zhaxizom - Shigatse

Pack up and enjoy the long ride back to Shigatse, admiring the lofty mountain peaks along the Himalayan Range. After reaching Shigatse, enjoy a dinner, take a shower, and spend the last night in the city.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.


Overnight in Shigatse

Day 14: Shigatse back to Lhasa (B)

Today, you’ll take a slightly different route back to Lhasa along Yarlung Tsangpo River, be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.


Overnight in Lhasa



Day 15: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Lhasa (B)

Today your guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board. Please confirm your departure flight or train details in advance with your guide. The tour ends.



Tour Departures in 2024

Travel Time2024-06-12024-09-1
Price $2890 $3190

APRIL 2024


MAY 2024

  • Tour Dates
  • Price From
  • Booked
  • Book Now

Please Note:

If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.


1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time;

2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance;

3.) Please kindly be aware that the two discounts mentioned above cannot be enjoyed simultaneously.

What's Included?

1. Tibet travel documents such as Tibet Travel Permit (excluding expedited processing fees), and delivery of the permit to your hotel in mainland of China.

2. Standard tourist vehicles based on the number of group members, ensuring one seat one person. Experienced local drivers offer attentive service.

3. All accommodations listed in the itinerary.

4. All meals listed in the itinerary. (Meal fees are non-refundable if declined due to personal reasons).

5. Excellent local Tibetan English-speaking tour guide (Prices for guides speaking other languages may be subject to separate negotiation).

6. Admission tickets for all tourist attractions listed in Itinerary.

7. Travel accident insurance.

8. Free shuttle between Lhasa Railway Station and the downtown hotel. Free transfers between Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the downtown hotel during specific times.

9. Other services: exquisite Tibetan souvenirs, tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

What's Excluded?

1. Chinese Visa (for any visa assistance services, please contact us for details)

2. International flights to and out of China.

3. Domestic flight or train to and out of Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inquiry form.)

4. Single Room Supplement: Hotels are based on double occupancy (twin-bedded rooms) by default. If you prefer a single room or if room sharing isn’t possible, a single room supplement is required (please consult the travel consultant for specific price differences).

5. Some meals not included in the itinerary.

6. Porters and yaks for carrying luggage during Gama Valley trek.

7. Tips to the guide and driver based on your satisfaction with their services. We recommend paying a total of $7 per person per day for both the guide and driver.

8. Additional expenses resulting from force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic controls, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.).

9. Personal expenses and any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusion list.

Gama Valley Trek Trip Notes

  • 1. When is the deadline to book this Gama valley trek tour?

    To ensure a seamless trip, it is recommended to book your Tibet tour at least 15-20 days before the departure date.

    Certainly, booking your tour 1-2 months or earlier in advance will assist us in arranging your Tibet Travel Permit and other necessary documents, as well as securing accommodations. Additionally, early bookings may qualify for early-bird discounts. This arrangement facilitates better preparation and a more relaxed journey.

  • 2. What travel documents are required for this Gama valley Trek tour?

    For taking this Gama Valley trek tour, various tourists require specific travel documents:

    1) Foreign tourists: Passport, Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit
    2) Tourists from Hong Kong and Macau: Home Return Permit, Frontier Pass
    3) Tourists from Taiwan: Mainland Travel Permit (MTP), Tibet Travel Permit, etc.

  • 3. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit? How long does It take, and when can I get the permit?

    For foreign tourists applying for the Tibet Travel Permit, photos or photocopies of a valid passport and Chinese Visa are needed. Holders of a working visa need to additionally provide a work certificate, while student visa holders require student certification.

    However, Taiwanese tourists only need to provide photos or photocopies of Mainland Travel Permit for the Tibet Travel Permit application.

    Generally, processing the Tibet Travel Permit takes 7-14 working days. Once the permit is successfully issued, we'll mail it to your address in mainland of China 3-5 days before your departure date, ensuring you have it in hand for your train or flight to Tibet.

  • 4. When is the best time to do Gama Valley trek?

    For the best trek through Gama Valley, go in spring (April to June) or autumn (September to October) to avoid winter. These times offer clear mountain views and less mist in the forests compared to rainy seasons or early winter.

    In May and June, the forests burst with colorful flowers, making the whole hike a feast for your senses with beautiful sights and delightful scents.

  • 5. What to pack for Gama Valley trek in Tibet?

    1) Clothing: Upper garments can include thick underwear (or thermal underwear), a sweater/fleece, and a thick down jacket (thick winter jacket). Lower wear can consist of windproof pants and warm thermal leggings. Footwear can be non-slip sports shoes or hiking boots. Additionally, scarves, gloves, and hats are essential. Layering clothing is advisable for adjusting to temperature changes.

    2) Personal items: Skincare products like facial cleanser, moisturizer, facial masks, body lotion, lip balm, and sunscreen. Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, and towels. Shampoo and shower products can be selectively packed based on personal needs. Sunglasses are a must due to Tibet's strong sunlight. Given the long distances between Tibetan attractions, carrying a U-shaped pillow for comfort during long journeys is recommended. Also, prepare a thermal flask to ensure access to hot water anytime.

    3) Common medications: Adhesive bandages, motion sickness medicine, cold medicine, gastrointestinal medicine, anti-inflammatory drugs, eye drops, altitude sickness medication, and other commonly used medications should be carried for emergencies. (Always follow medical advice and avoid misuse of medication.)

    4) Electronic devices: Bring chargers, power banks, cameras, earphones, or other electronic devices as per personal requirements.

    5) Small amounts of cash and bank cards: Although mobile payment methods are becoming more common in Tibet, there might still be instances in remote areas where cash is needed. It's advisable to carry a small amount of cash and at least one bank card.

Price From US$2890/person

Quick Inquiry

You can also contact us with our Wechat.

Why Choose Us?

We're all about keeping you safe and comfortable. When you arrive in Lhasa, we're ready to support you for a smooth and enjoyable trip across Tibet. Choose us for a pleasant and hassle-free tour in Tibet!

  • Our customer service manager

    Personalized Care with Our Award-Wining Service Manager

    Meet Mr. Kunga, our awesome customer service manager! He's here to help everyone, whether you've booked with us or not. With over 30 years of experience and having won the "National Golden Tour Guide" award in Tibet, he ensures that every client has a fulfilling trip.

  • Our Tibetan guides

    Elite Team: 40 Top Tibetan Guides at Your Service

    Since 1984, we've been a local Tibet travel agency, and we now have an amazing team of 40 top Tibetan guides. They'll make your Tibet trip super enjoyable and comfortable, promising unmatched happiness and satisfaction!

  • Safe drive in our vehicle

    Experienced Drivers for Safe and Scenic Routes

    Our skilled drivers make sure your journey is safe and fun, going through different routes like winding mountains and wide grasslands. Get ready for an amazing adventure exploring Tibet's beautiful landscapes with us! And don't worry—we always have oxygen and bottled water in our vehicles for your safety and comfort.

  • Our small group at Jokhang Temple

    Pioneers in Small Group Tours with Varied Itineraries

    We're the top Tibetan tour operator, focusing on small group tours—our specialty! Our trips offer classic experiences with lots of choices and often leave at great prices. No shopping pressure, just budget-friendly fun! Our groups stay small, maxing out at 12 people, and we get over 5,000 clients every year.

  • Guaranteed service by us

    Guaranteed Tibet Permit and Complimentary Service

    With 30+ years of experience, we provide you with a free Tibet Permit! Count on us to handle all your travel needs smoothly, ensuring your trip to explore stunning Tibet is stress-free. Your permit is our promise for an amazing adventure in the Himalayas!

  • Local Tibetan restaurant

    Supporting Local Communities through Tibetan-Owned Businesses

    We only pick Tibetan-owned restaurants and hotels to help our community. Your trip with us directly helps the Tibetan community by supporting local businesses. Come embrace real Tibet and make a positive impact while exploring with us!

  • Explore Mount Kailash

    Authentic Exploration of Tibet's Rich Culture

    Discover the real Tibet with us! We're dedicated to showing its true spirit and exploring its lively culture. Our aim is to give you an authentic experience, sharing the beauty and richness of Tibetan traditions. Come along for a journey deep into the heart of Tibet!

  • Leisurely explore Lake Yamdrok

    Unhurried Exploration of Every Destination

    We never hurry on our tours, so you can enjoy every spot fully. We promise a relaxed pace, letting you take in each place on our list. Journey with us for a truly satisfying experience!

  • Photo with Mount Everest

    24/7 Support & Daily Communication with Guide

    Feel safe with our 24/7 local support! Your safety and comfort matter most to us. We talk to our guides every day to keep your trip smooth. Count on us for ongoing help, making your journey hassle-free and fun. Relax knowing we're here for you throughout your adventure!

  • Pleasant trip in Tibet

    Constant Optimization for Superior Travel Experiences

    Join us for amazing travel adventures! We keep making our trips better every year, improving quality wherever we go. We're dedicated to giving you the best service possible. Come with us on unforgettable journeys where every detail shows how much we care about making you happy!


What Our Customers Say

  • Truly memorable experience

    We did a private trip actually, after a thorough research of numerous agencies we decided to go with Tibet Vista as they seem very experienced in Tibet tours and they are also very responsive. It was well-made decision, we loved our tour and our guide Kungga was excellent, he was attentive and accomodating to us...More reviews

    Apr 2024 Denira K
  • Once in a life time

    14 days from Beijing to Tibet and Nepal. The reality was beyond my expectations. A trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. The trip was arranged in an exceptional way! Laura Tang did an amazing job! She responded to all my questions immediately, she supported and solved any problems very quickly. The hotels she arranged for me were amazing!! ...More reviews

    Jan 2024 nico k
  • Nice view in winter!

    The view was magnificent. got to see snow and snow capped mountains. Thanks to Gemma Wei for helping with all the planning. Also thanks to Kunchok and Tsering for going accomodating to my needs as i was not used to the altitude. They also helped alot with the trek up the hills! ...More reviews

    Dec 2023 Benjamin X
  • Tibet is beautiful

    The tour was great! We visited amazing places and could feel the sacred atmosphere in all the temples. The nature is breathtaking with beautiful mountain and lake views. Our guide Jingme told us all about the history and showed us great places. All the hotels were much better than what I expected...More reviews

    Nov 2023 Krisyna H
  • Unforgettable Experience

    The 8-day trip with Tibet Vista was remarkable, combining cultural depth with stunning Tibetan landscapes. Our guide Jig Me was really knowledgable, the journey well-organized, and each destination, especially Everest Base Camp, was a highlight. Great value; highly recommended...More reviews

    Nov 2023 George J

    Visiting Tibet with Tibet Visa agency is a once in a life time experience! They take care of everything and you just need to enjoy! Our tour guide was AMAZING...More reviews

    Nov 2023 Alberto
  • Exploring Tibetan culture

    Tibet vista made the entry process into Tibet super easy. Jing mei our guide had a wealth of knowledge about all the locations we visited and happily answered questions we had. Also organising a birthday cake for one of the guests showed how thoughtful he was...More reviews

    Nov 2023 Dylan P
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu

    Can't recommend this company enough. We did it very last minute and got our Chinese visas a few days before we flew to Chengdu and got the train to Lhasa. Lycoris our contact was patient and reassuring over the applications. The trip itself was something else...More reviews

    Nov 2023 philgiles
  • Private tour with guide and driver… wow!

    After much research, my wife gave the desired itinerary to the agency rep that she was working with. It covered a huge area from Lhasa all the way West to the Ali area and back along a Northern route. Of course having a private driver and Land Cruiser along with a very experienced guide, the trip was just fantastic... More reviews

    Oct 2023 howardxp1
  • Best trip I have ever had

    I just arrived home this morning after a one-month trip in India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. I have travelled a lot in my life but this trip is the best trip I have ever had. It really stands out by its geographic particularity, historical and cultural knowledge and most of all, its emotional/spiritual impact...More reviews

    Sep 2023 hptranle

Similar Trips

Inquiry on - 15 Days Gama Valley Trek in Mt. Everest Eastern Side

Start planning your Tibet tour by filling out the form! Our travel counselors will reply you within 24 hours.

Privacy Policy: will never sell, trade, or give away your contact information to a third party.